Boise Police Department reflects on the one year anniversary of the Boise Bench shooting

Posted at 6:36 PM, Nov 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-10 23:17:55-05

Saturday marks the one year anniversary when gunfire erupted on the Boise Bench. One man was killed and two Boise police officers and a police K-9 were shot. For this one year anniversary, the Boise Police Department is not only reflecting, but celebrating all of their officers who have been in a life or death situation. Like many at the Boise Police Department, when Chief Bill Bones heard the shots fired call his mind started to race. 

"The worst fears race through your head," said Chief Bill Bones of the Boise Police Department. 
What started as a search for a wanted man on the Boise Bench, ended with two Boise police officers and a police K-9 shot with the suspect dead. The police dog, Jardo died days after the shooting. Corporal Chris Davis, who was injured in the shootout, has returned to duty and the injuries changed Boise police Corporal Kevin Holtry's life forever. Chief Bones says, he couldn't have been more impressed with how all of his officers acted that day.

"The time frame from which they reacted to his injuries, his being shot, controlling the suspect, getting him to the hospital is simply incredible," said Chief Bones. 

For Corporal Holtry, this past year has been a roller coaster, the shooting leaving him amputee and paralyzed from the waist down. 

"My entire life has been condensed into one year there has been so much stuff that's gone on from the highest of the highs to the lowest of the lows," said Corporal Kevin Holtry who was injured in the shootout. 

Corporal Holtry is still healing from his injuries but has found support in the Treasure Valley. He's even climbed Table Rock and gone hunting. He's sharing his story with other paraplegics and wounded service members to help them overcome their hardships. 

"I can use my being hurt in a positive way for the greater good," said Corporal Holtry.

Chief Bones calling Holtry an inspiration and says he will always have a home at B.P.D.

"He really has become an example for our department for every officer that's coming through that door that we can deal with adversity and we can move forward," Said Chief Bones.

 For the one year anniversary of the shooting, The Boise Police Department is not only reflecting on what happened but celebrating the officers they have today. Chief Bones understands these anniversaries can be tough for the officer's but they're here to help. 

"But we can't take all of that off their shoulders it's something they are going to carry for the rest of their lives. All we can do is help them get through to the next day," said Chief Bones.

Corporal Holtry will be working out at the CycleBar in Meridian during the one year anniversary of the day he was nearly killed. He will be using an ergometer, a piece of workout equipment that helps him regain arm strength. He's not working out alone, The CycleBar is holding a ride event to raise funds for to purchase the equipment and Holtry will be able to use it anytime for free. 

"This starts at 3PM and if I remember, the call that kind of lead to the shooting really kicked off at 2:30 3 o'clock in the afternoon so I'm glad I'm going to be here working out instead of sitting around," said Corporal Holtry.

The cost is $25 100% of the proceeds will go towards the purchase of the rehab machine. Any money leftover will help other peace officers going through hard times.